COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added local Adair County High School standout Kel Stotts for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.
"We are so excited to have Kel join our Blue Raider program," Peck said. "Not only is he one of the top players in our area, he is one of the top players in the state and he may be the best shooter, especially from distance.
"He adds the dimension we lacked last year. He will be able to stretch the defense with his shooting, which will allow our post to have more freedom to operate."
Stotts joins the Blue Raiders after a stellar senior season at Adair County where he averaged a team-high 21.7 points per game and tallied 607 total points. The 6-foot-2 guard shot 54.8 percent from the field and led the Indians with 7.1 made field goals per contest, adding a 46.2 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Stotts shot 76.2 percent from the charity stripe and averaged 4.7 rebounds per game.
He helped lead the Indians to a 32-2 record during his senior campaign as Adair County advanced to the 5th Region Championship game.
"I think Kel made a great decision by choosing Lindsey Wilson," Adair County head coach Deron Breeze said. "He had numerous options, but his choice to attend LWC shows his maturity. Kel knows what he wants to be 15 years from now and Lindsey Wilson was the best option for him to fulfill his long-term goals.
"I expect Kel to go in and work hard and be a leader by example," Breeze said "He will have a chance to earn immediate playing time and hopefully can mirror his high school career on the collegiate level. We are excited to be able to continue watching his basketball career at the next level."
Stotts tallied 2,803 points in his career and is just the second player in Kentucky High School Athletic Association history to score 1,000 points at two separate schools, doing so at both Adair County when he played on varsity in seventh and eighth grade, and at Russell County High School his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.
Stotts pulled in the accolades in 2017 earning All-5th Region and All-20th District honors and was named the 2017 Campbellsville Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player and a Third Team All-State selection by the Courier Journal.
He also made his mark in the state record books for his career, finishing with the fourth-most three-point field goal attempts (885), the fifth-most made three pointers (389), the 14th-most field goal attempts (1,872) and the 17th-most made field goals (914).
Stotts is excited for the opportunity to play at the collegiate level and for an institution in his hometown.
"I've known Coach Peck and Coach Chris Starks all my life and to be able to sign with Lindsey Wilson and play in my hometown is a blessing," Stotts said. "I'm very excited for next fall and the season to start. I can't wait to suit up and go to war with my new brothers on the team.
"I want to continue to grow as a person and player and it's a situation where they know me well and I feel very comfortable being there," Stotts said. "Hopefully we can win championships at the conference level and make runs into the national tournament."
"Kel had a great high school career. His senior season under Coach Breeze at Adair County was a special year," Peck said. "We hope all the people of Adair and Russell County to continue to follow his progress here at Lindsey Wilson."